Wednesday, 19 December 2007

AE Christmas Party

In the spirit of adventure, we decided not to stuff ourselves with food this xmas. Instead, we organized a jam-packed day of activities and had loads of fun.

We started off at Karkloof Canopy Tours. We have received really good feedback about Anton and his team from you guys over the last year, and I have to say they didn't let us down. Every aspect of the experience was meticulously planned and our guides were fantastic. The Canopy Tour is a series of 8 zip-lines which descend through a magnificent Indigenous Forest. The longest stretch is almost 200m and at stages we were up to 30m above the ground! This is a must-do activity for anyone visiting the Natal Midlands area.

Next, we headed off to the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve where we went on a Game Drive on Quad Bikes. Tim Fannin, our guide for the day, was the perfect host! He is extremely knowledgeable about the reserve and the wildlife and shared some interesting anecdotes with us. The ride into the valley was fun and at times challenging as the area has received a lot of rain recently. Whilst it is perhaps taboo for the purists, there is something really special about seeing wildlife on a quad bike. Tim instructed us to stay on the track at all times and we generally travelled around at not much more than a walking pace - so for all you speed freaks, this is not for you :). If you however enjoy the great outdoors and want to see it from a different perspective, this activity comes highly recommended. We finished the day with a braai in a boma, which had been constructed amongst some enormous rocks, and then had a night drive back to the reception area.

One of the points of interest in the reserve is the ablution facility at the view point overlooking the valley. This has got to rate as the "Loo with the best view". Have you ever seen anything that could top this? If so, send us the pic and a short description of where it is and we will post them here.

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